Israel to Demolish Homes of Jerusalem Terrorists, Relatives Say

Four East Jerusalem men have been killed by security forces after terror attacks in recent months.

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The aftermath of the Jerusalem car attack, November 5, 2014.
The aftermath of the Jerusalem car attack, November 5, 2014.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

Security forces have measured and photographed the homes of four men who committed terror attacks in Jerusalem in recent months, with the intention to demolish the homes, relatives say.

Such a demolition last took place in Jerusalem in 2009; a man had used a construction vehicle to kill three people on Jaffa Road and injure many others. Two homes were sealed after attacks in 2008: the shooting attack on the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva and another construction-vehicle attack.

Officials at the attorney general’s office did not respond when asked if they were reviewing the current demolition plans.

Defense officials differ over the effectiveness of home demolitions as a deterrent. At a security meeting last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly called for demolitions.

The four men whose homes are slated for demolition are all from East Jerusalem: Mohammed Ja’abis, who used a construction vehicle in an attack in August; Abdel Rahman Shaloudi and Ibrahim al-Akari, who carried out two separate attacks on the Jerusalem light rail; and Muataz Hijazi, the suspect in the assassination of right-wing activist Yehudah Glick. All four were killed during or immediately following these attacks.

The Hijazi family has written to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein asking if there are plans to demolish Muataz Hijazi’s home, but a response has not yet arrived. The family's lawyer, Habib Labib, said the state must give families sufficient notice to petition the High Court of Justice.

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